A 17-year-old father is accused of beating his 4-month-old to death, according to the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Time. After allegedly beating his crying 4-month-old boy to death in a West Englewood bedroom, 17-year-old Willie Brown played video games, Cook County prosecutors said today.
Seventeen-year-old Willie Brown, who is described as his son's (Demari Brown) primary caregiver, was charged with the death of his child. Witnesses said that the infant had been crying at a home in the 6000 block of South Honore Street. At about 10 a.m. last Thursday, Brown was alone in the bedroom with the boy when his crying "suddenly stopped," according Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Kent.
Prosecutors claim that Brown then emerged from the bedroom and began playing video games. Soon after, a witness went into the bedroom and found the boy unresponsive. The infant was taken to Holy Cross Hospital and pronounced dead. Reports claim that Brown’s girlfriend asked him what he had done to her child and he tearfully responded, "I’m sorry, I’m sorry."
Medical reports indicated that the infant suffered from "blunt force trauma to the head, a skull fracture, internal bleeding and rib fractures." The infant died of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Cook County Judge Israel Desierto set bail for Brown at $500,000. He has been charged with first degree murder.
Thanks to mthiel for the tip.